April Wrap Up

 

I have to admit, having so much spare time at home is wrecking my reading. I know that I have all this extra time to read now that I’m not going out to do things, but I’m still finding it harder to sit down and focus on a story. Where I used to be able to read a book in one sitting, no matter how engaged I am to a story, I find myself needed to get up and do something else. I guess working from home isn’t going to be a longtime goal for me – I like being able to separate my work time and downtime a little more.

Of course, Yzma is absolutely loving all of the time I’ve been spending at home. If she wasn’t a spoiled puppy before hand (and trust me, she was), she certainly is now! Daily puppy playdates (weather permitting) and lots of cuddles just makes her crave attention even more. I worry about how she’ll react to me going back into work full time, but that’s a problem for future me. For now, here are some cute puppy pics of Yzma enjoying her spoiled life.

 

 

Without further ado, here’s my reading stats for this month:

 


 

For reference: Physical books, eBooks, and AudioBooks. Library books.

 

Total books completed: 6

Total pages read: 1,699 pages (avg. 336 pages per book)

 

Completed Books:

  1. The Angel of Evil by Kenneth B Andersen (The Great Devil War, Book 3)[4.5 stars]
  2. Miss Match by Lindzee Armstrong (No Match for Love, Book 1)[4 stars]
  3. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick [5 stars]
  4. The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen [5 stars]
  5. To Dream is to Die by Sarah Lampkin (Dead Dreamer, Book 1)[3.45 stars]
  6. To Wake the Dead by Sarah Lampkin (Dead Dreamer, Book 2)[4 stars]

Dedicated Blog Posts:

  1. The Angel of Evil by Kenneth B Andersen
  2. Gemini Keeps Capricorn by Antya Sunday
  3. Pisces Hooks Taurus by Antya Sunday
  4. Cancer Ships Aquarius by Antya Sunday
  5. This Time by Azaaa Davis
  6. Miss Match by Lindzee Armstrong
  7. That Night by Azaaa Davis
  8. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  9. The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen
  10. To Dream is to Die by Sarah Lampkin
  11. To Wake the Dead by Sarah Lampkin

 


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March Wrap Up

This month I certainly didn’t get as much reading done as I’d expected to do. Firstly, I ended up getting a concussion by tripping because I’m that klutzy. So I couldn’t really read much for a a little over a week. And it was a bit longer than that before I could sit down and focus long enough to get words together in a way that got my point across in an at least semi-understandable manner.

And then came the quarantine period and social distancing. I hope that everyone who reads this is doing well and taking the appropriate precautions. I hope that you stay healthy with everything that’s going on, and so does everyone around you.While

I might be an introvert, even I need to get outside every once in a while. I found myself being unable to focus on reading being alone so often. Sure, Yzma tried to keep me as sane as possible, but eventually I found it easier to stay at my parents’ place for a while as I work from home. Being around other humans helped keep me sane. It also means that Yzma gets to see her best friend on an almost daily basis. Thankfully, playing with him tires her out and gives me time to focus on my day job.

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Without further ado, here’s my reading stats for this month:


For reference: Physical books, eBooks, and AudioBooks. Library books.

Total books completed: 19

Total pages read: 6,290 pages (avg. 331 pages per book)

Completed Books:

  1. Don’t Cheat Me by Jackie May (Nora Jacobs, Book 2)[4 stars]
  2. Don’t Bait Me by Jackie May (Nora Jacobs, Book 3)[4.5 stars]
  3. Leo Loves Ares by Antya Sunday (Signs of Love, Book 1)[5 stars]
  4. Flashback by Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 7)[4.5 stars]
  5. Small Bones by Vicki Grant (Secrets)[4 stars]
  6. Alone in the Wild by Kelley Armstrong (Rockton, Book 5)[4.75 stars]
  7. Hidden Magic by Melinda Kucsera, et. al. (Magic Underground Anthologies, Book 1)
  8. Don’t Tempt Me by Jackie May (Nora Jacobs, Book 4)[4.5 stars]
  9. Her Majesty’s Necromancer by C. J. Archer (The Ministry of Curiosities, Book 2)[4 stars]
  10. Scorpio Hates Virgo by Antya Sunday (Signs of Love, Book 2)[5 stars]
  11. Perfectly Wrong by Summer Brooks [1 star]
  12. Gemini Keeps Capricorn Antya Sunday (Signs of Love, Book 3)[4 stars]
  13. Pisces Hooks Taurus Antya Sunday (Signs of Love, Book 4)[4.5 stars]
  14. Cancer Ships Aquarius Antya Sunday (Signs of Love, Book 5)[4 stars]
  15. This Time by Azaaa Davis (Nadira Holden, Demon Hunter; Book 1)[4 stars]
  16. That Night by Azaaa Davis (Nadira Holden, Demon Hunter; Book 2)[4 stars]
  17. Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder (Glass, Book 1; The Chronicles of Ixia, Book 4)[4.5 stars]
  18. Dream Keeper by Amber R. Duell (The Dark Dreamer Trilogy, Book 1)[5 stars]
  19. In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree by Michael McLellan [4 stars]

 

Dedicated Blog Posts:

  1. Don’t Cheat Me by Jackie May
  2. Leo Loves Ares by Antya Sunday
  3. Don’t Bait Me by Jackie May
  4. Flashback by Shannon Messenger
  5. Alone in the Wild by Kelley Armstrong
  6. Small Bones by Vicki Grant
  7. Hidden Magic by Melinda Mucsera & Many More
  8. Don’t Tempt Me by Jackie May
  9. Perfectly Wrong by Summer Brooks
  10. Scorio Hates Virgo by Antya Sunday
  11. That Night by Azaaa Davis
  12. Dream Keeper by Amer R. Duell
  13. In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree by Michael McLellan

 

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February Wrap Up

This might be the shortest month in the year – though I did enjoy the extra day that comes with it being a leap year – but I’m already predicting that this is going to be one of my best reading months for the year. I didn’t get to as many books from my TBR for the month as I’d hoped, but I still manage to read a decent chunk of books. I certainly started some, but the downside of reading multiple books at once is that sometimes I get pulled into one world more than the others and those just… fall aside for a little bit. On top of that, I even managed to post a decent amount of reviews this month! (Links to those will be a little further down)

Oh, and as always I got to spend some quality time with my little stinker, Yzma. She even got to spend a weekend on a farm and get scared by chickens! She didn’t see any of them, but they were loud enough to startle her whenever she walked by their coop. Aaaaand I also might have been able to spend a little time with the cutest little lamb ever.

Yes the little lamb looks proud of herself for peeing all over the floor. Truth be told, she had the cutest little smile on her face and always looked proud of herself. Also lambs are loud when they’re looking for their “mum”. Also also, please ignore the used pee pads in the garbage can – 4 day old lambs pee a lot. Thank you.

Without further ado, here’s my reading stats for this month:


For reference: Physical books, eBooks, and AudioBooks. Library books.

Total books completed: 16

Total pages read: 4,586 (287 avg. pages per book)

Completed Books:

  1. Soulless at Sunset by Deanna Chase (Last Witch Standing, Book 1)[4 stars]
  2. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger (Finishing School, Book 1)[5 stars]
  3. Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger (Finishing School, Book 2)[5 stars]
  4. Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger (Finishing School, Book 3)[4.5 stars]
  5. Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger (Finishing School, Book 4)[4 stars]
  6. Heir of Lies by Mallory McCartney (Black Dawn, Book 1)[4.25 stars]
  7. The Bad Mother’s Pregnancy by Suzy K Quinn (The Bad Mother Series, Book 0.5)[3 stars]
  8. The Bad Mother’s Diary by Suzy K Quinn (The Bad Mother Series, Book 1)[2 stars]
  9. Strike a Match by Lindzee Armstrong (No Match for Love, Book 5)[3 stars]
  10. The Last Necromancer by C. J. Archer (The Ministry of Curiosities, Book 1)[5 stars]
  11. In Plane Sight by Angelina Kerner [3 stars]
  12. Love & Chocolate by Gail Cleare [5 stars]
  13. The Celestial Assignment by Theresa Braun [4 stars]
  14. When Stars are Bright by Amber R Duell [5 stars]
  15. The Wrongful Death by Kenneth B Andersen (The Great Devil Wars, Book 3)[5 stars]
  16. Flashback by Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 7)[4.5 stars]

 

Dedicated Blog Posts:

  1. Rituals by Kelley Armstrong
  2. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
  3. Soulless at Sunset by Deanna Chase
  4. Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
  5. Heir of Lies by Mallory McCartney – Spoiler Free
  6. Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger
  7. Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger
  8. The Last Necromancer by C. J. Archer
  9. Love & Chocolate by Gail Cleare
  10. In Plane Sight by Angelina Kerner
  11. Strike a Match by Lindzee Armstrong
  12. When Stars are Bright by Amber R Duell
  13. The Celestial Assignment by Theresa Braun
  14. The Wrongful Death by Kenneth B Andersen

 

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January Wrap Up

I have to admit, I didn’t read many of the books I planned to this month. Instead, I found myself getting pretty sick and not having the energy to read much of anything. That being said, I’m satisfied with the amount of reading I got done – all things considered. Sometimes all you need to do is sleep the week away because you’re not feeling well. Sure this cuts down on reading time, but it’s worth it in the end.

Oh, and I got a couple puppy cuddles so I can’t really complain too much.

 

 

Without further ado, here’s my reading stats for this month:


For reference: Physical books, eBooks, and AudioBooks.

Total books completed: 9

Total pages read: 3,666 ( 407 avg. pages per book)

Completed Books:

  1. Omens by Kelley Armstrong (Cainsville, Book 1)[4.75 stars]
  2. Visions by Kelley Armstrong (Cainsville, Book 2)[4.75 stars]
  3. Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong (Cainsville, Book 3)[5 stars]
  4. Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong (Cainsville, Book 4)[5 stars]
  5. Headliners by Lucy Parker (London Celebrities, Book 5)[5 stars]
  6. The Devil’s Apprentice by Kenneth B. Andersen (The Great Devil Wars, Book 1)[4.5 stars]
  7. Rituals by Kelley Armstrong (Cainsville, Book 5)[4 stars]
  8. The Die of Death by Kenneth B. Andersen (The Great Devil Wars, Book 2)[4 stars]
  9. Drowning by Steven M Cross [3.75 stars]

Dedicated Blog Posts:

  1. Nightfall by Shannon Messenger
  2. Omens by Kelley Armstrong
  3. Visions by Kelley Armstrong
  4. Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong
  5. Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong
  6. The Devil’s Apprentice by Kenneth B. Andersen
  7. Headliners by Lucy Parker
  8. The Die of Death by Kenneth B. Andersen
  9. Drowning by Steven M Cross

 

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December Wrap Up

Being the end of the year, I was really hoping to get some more reading done than I did. Of course, I made a pretty extravagant tbr for the month (December TBR). That isn’t to say that I didn’t get a decent amount of reading done, because I did, I just wish that the second half of the month went as well as the first half.

Sure, I should have expected that an increased amount of family time would decrease the amount of reading time I’d have… but I just didn’t put it together until it was too late. This is also the reason why only my pre-scheduled posts got uploaded after a while… sorry about that. I promise to do better come January (when I won’t be spending 2 full weeks with my extended family).

On the bright side, Yzma got lots of cuddles and lots of toys this holiday season. All of the playtime and excitement meant lots of naptime for this little pupper!

Without further ado, here’s my reading stats for this month:


For reference: Physical books, eBooks, and AudioBooks.

Total books completed: 12

Total pages read: 3,763 (314 avg. pages per book)

Completed Books:

  1. Sadie by Courtney Summers [5 stars]
  2. Ash Princess Laura Sebastian (Ash Princess, Book 1)[4 stars]
  3. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air, Book 3)[5 stars]
  4. Poison Study by Maria V Snyder (Poison Study, Book 1; The Chronicles of Ixia, Book 1)[4.5 stars]
  5. Don’t Rush Me by Jackie May (Nora Jacobs, Book 1)[3.5 stars]
  6. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You ( Gallagher Girls, Book 1)[2.75 stars]
  7. Magic Study by Maria V Snyder (Poison Study, Book 2; The Chronicles of Ixia, Book 2)[4 stars]
  8. Flame by Katie Cross (The Dragonmaster Trilogy, Book 1)[4.25 stars]
  9. The Ronan Scrolls by Katie Cross (The Dragonmaster Trilogy, Book 0.5 (Prequel))[5 stars]
  10. Wolf’s Bane by Kelley Armstrong (Otherworld: Kate and Logan, Book 1)[5 stars]
  11. Nightfall by Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 6)[4 stars]
  12. Fire Study by Maria V Snyder (Poison Study, Book 3; The Chronicles of Ixia, Book 3)[3.5 stars]

Dedicated Blog Posts:

  1. Lodestar by Shannon Messenger
  2. Sadie by Courtney Summers
  3. Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
  4. The High Priest’s Daughter by Katie Cross
  5. Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
  6. Poison Study by Maria V Snyder
  7. Don’t Rush Me by Jackie May
  8. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
  9. Magic Study by Maria V Snyder
  10. The Ronan Scrolls by Katie Cross – 100% spoiler free!
  11. Flame by Katie Cross
  12. Wolf’s Bane by Kelley Armstrong

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November Wrap Up

Thankfully, I managed to start this reading month off with a bang. The very first weekend in November, I finished one story and picked up 3 more. While this might not seem like the best ratio, it worked out well for me. I enjoy giving myself a mixture of mediums to read from – it helps stop me from getting distracted all the time.

Sure, this whole month wasn’t the best for reading for me. Yet overall I know it was a decent month. I got a bunch of good reads in which means more to me than having a whole bunch of smaller, and worse, books completed. I hope I’m always a quality over quantity gal.

While Yzma is still in that excited puppy stage where she won’t let me sit and read in peace for longer than five minutes, I truly think I managed to get a decent chunk of reading done. Besides, puppy love is a welcome distraction from my reading goals. Especially when you get to play with said puppy in her first snowfall.

Without further ado, here’s my reading stats for this month:


For reference: Physical books, eBooks, and AudioBooks.

Total books completed: 12

Total pages read: 4410 (avg. 368 pages per book)

Completed Books:

  1. The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong (Darkest Powers, Book 2)[4 stars]
  2. Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder (Healer, Book 3)[3.75 stars]
  3. Haunted by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld, Book 5)[5 stars]
  4. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong (Darkest Powers, Book 3)[3.75-4 stars]
  5. Elevation by Stephen King [5 stars]
  6. Antebellum Awakening by Katie Cross (Network, Book 2)[5 stars]
  7. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling [4 stars]
  8. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong (Darkness Rising, Book 1)[5 stars]
  9. The Calling by Kelley Armstrong (Darkness Rising, Book 2)[3.5 stars]
  10. The Rising by Kelley Armstrong (Darkness Rising, Book 3)[4.25 stars]
  11. Lodestar by Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 5)[5 stars]
  12. The High Priest’s Daughter by Katie Cross (Network, Book 3)[4.5 stars]

Dedicated Blog Posts:

  1. Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman
  2. The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
  3. Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder
  4. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
  5. Haunted by Kelley Armstrong
  6. Elevation by Stephen King
  7. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
  8. Antebellum Awakening by Katie Cross
  9. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
  10. The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
  11. The Rising by Kelley Armstrong

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October Wrap Up

While I started off this month by not really reading the books on my TBR, I’m still content with the amount of reading I got done. And, yes, I only managed to complete 60% of my TBR. But in my defense I misplaced Part of Your World so I physically couldn’t read this book. And I started Lodestar, but on October 30th which didn’t give me any time to actually finish the book as I had plans both October 30th and 31st… Still, I’m content with my reading.

Onto the reading I actually got done…

I decided on October 1st that I needed to get back to listening to audiobooks while cleaning my apartment and walking Yzma since I’d gotten pretty much caught up on most of the podcasts I listen to regularly, so I went through my Audible library and picked a titled that I felt like listening to. Well, that started a trend for the month and I’m glad it did. This month has definitely been a better reading month than the last couple of months and for that, I’m glad. I managed a nice mix of physical books, eBooks, and AudioBooks this month, making it possible for me to devour a wide selection of books.

 

Total books completed: 13

Total Pages read: 4591 (avg. 353 pages per book)

Completed Books:

  1. Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld, Book 4)[5 stars]
  2. Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder (Healer, Book 1)[4.25 stars]
  3. A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale (The Legend of All Wolves, Book 2)[3 stars]
  4. Kisses from Hell by Richelle Mead, Alyson Noël, Kristin Cast, Kelley Armstrong, and Francesca Lia Block (Short Stories from Hell, Book 7)[3.5 stars average rating]
  5. Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong (Nadia Stafford, Book 1)[4.5 stars]
  6. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong (Darkest Powers, Book 1)[4.5 stars]
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird, Book 1)[5 stars]
  8. Juba Good by Vicki Delany (Ray Robertson, Book 1)[1.5 star]
  9. The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong (Secrets)[3.75 stars]
  10. Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder (Healer, Book 2)[3.5 stars]
  11. Curio by Evangeline Denmark (Curio, Book 1)[1.5 stars]
  12. Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga [4 stars]
  13. Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman [4 stars]

Dedicated Blog Posts:

  1. Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong
  2. Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
  3. A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale
  4. Kisses from Hell Anthology
  5. Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong
  6. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  8. Juba Good by Vicki Delany
  9. The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong
  10. Curio by Evangeline Denmark
  11. Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder
  12. Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga

 

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